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MOJA Arts Festival

September 24 – October 4, 2015

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony amongst all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions made to western and world cultures.

MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.

For more information, visit www.mojafestival.com

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MOJA Arts Festival

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Charleston Farmers Market

April 4- November 28, 2015
Marion Square, Downtown Charleston

The Charleston Farmers Market is available each Saturday from 8am-2pm in the beautiful Marion Square, between King and Meeting Streets at the edge of Calhoun Street in the Upper King Street Design District. The park at Marion Square has long been the center of festive activities and is the perfect tranquil setting for the Farmers Market. Nestled beneath beautiful trees with plenty of room for families to gather and children to play, the Farmers Market comes to life each Saturday morning and offers an abundance of the freshest local produce, shrimp, plants, herbs and cut flowers. While strolling the Charleston Farmers Market, a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunches are available while listening to a variety of live entertainment. The Farmers Market also offers an amazing assortment of juried arts and crafts, providing the best selection and most talented local artisans.  Visit www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com.

2015 Vendor Manual

Ongoing Applications:

2015 Performer Application

2015 Not-for-Profit Application



City Gallery at Waterfront Park

City Gallery at Waterfront Park: Call for Exhibition Proposals

City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau Street ● (843) 958-6484 ● CityGallery@charleston-sc.gov
Admission: Free
Hours of Operation: Tues. – Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. & Sun. 12pm-5pm

Features work by the finest contemporary artists from the Lowcountry and the Southeastern United States in 6-8 exhibitions each year.  Visit www.CityGalleryatWaterfrontPark.com for more information.

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Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

December 5 – 31, 2015

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the holiday season this December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering FREE, family-friendly activities, live performances and decorations all around town for everyone in the community to enjoy together. We hope you will join us in helping make Holiday Magic!!!


  • Holiday Market
    • 12/5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20
    • Saturdays & Sundays, (9am-3pm)
    • Marion Square
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • 12/5
    • Saturday
      • Prelude: 4-5pm
      • Main Show: 5-6pm
      • Lighting of the Tree: 6pm
  • Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
    • Holiday Market Hours, excluding 12/5
    • + Friday, 12/11 (10am-5pm) + student performances and field trips
    • Marion Square
  • Holiday Parade
    • 12/6
    • Sunday, (2pm – until…)
    • Broad Street, King Street, Calhoun Street, disperses on Calhoun between King and Meeting Streets
  • Chanukah in the Square
    • 12/6
    • Sunday, (4-6pm)
    • Marion Square
  • Parade of Boats
    • 12/12
    • Sunday, (5pm – until…)
    • Charleston Harbor
  • Kwanzaa Kinara Lighting
    • 12/26
    • Saturday, (5-6pm)
    • Marion Square
  • Happy New Year, Charleston!
    • 12/31
    • Thursday, (4-10pm)
    • Marion Square

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305.



Parade of Boats

Holiday Parade of Boats

Cooper River, Charleston Harbor & Ashley River

2015 Information
The 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats will be held in Charleston Harbor on Saturday, December 12, 2015. You can participate in the parade by simply registering, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining us on the water. Thousands of spectators view the parade along the route from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston each year.

The parade begins at approximately 5:30PM near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River, (after processing down the Charleston side of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30PM. We say approximately, because of various factors, including wind, current, and the ability of the boats to maintain headway.

Captains and crews will be invited to the Captain’s Party and Awards Ceremony the following afternoon. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boats in both the power and sail categories, with the best-in-show award going to the highest scoring boat overall.

2015 Holiday Parade of Boats Registration Form - DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by 4pm

For more information: Call Ray Swagerty, Production Manager & Parade of Boats Coordinator (843) 724-7414 or email SwagertyR@charleston-sc.gov.

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